Prior to the Irish's season-opening contest against Temple on Aug. 31, they'll need to select a replacement for incumbent starting right guard Mike Golic Jr., who has exhausted his collegiate eligibility.
Nick Martin, the younger brother of starting left tackle, Zack Martin, was thought to be a candidate to replace Golic Jr. at one point, though he is currently listed as the Irish's backup right tackle due to Tate Nichols' chronic leg injury that may force him to redshirt the 2013 season.
That current scenario has, potentially, opened a door for John Montelus, a 4-Star offensive guard, per 247sports.com.
Typically, offensive line prospects redshirt as freshmen to pack weight onto their frames, though that's not the case with Montelus.
The Everett, Mass., native checks in at 6'5" and 305 pounds, rendering Montelus as a viable candidate to start as a freshman.
Tim Prister of IrishIllustrated.com, as part of a national signing day special, gave his take on each of the Irish's 24 commitments. Following are his thoughts on Montelus.
Loads of potential for this interior offensive lineman who does a great job of leaning on a defender and bringing his feet while maintaining his balance. Uses a power punch to his advantage. Sets a wide pass-blocking base and uses his hands equally well in the passing game as he does the running game. A prototype offensive guard. Lumbers and is a bit stiff-legged in the open field. But has as-good-as-he-wants-to-be ability if he can get himself in great physical condition.